Oh What a Lovely War


South Hill Park in association with Scene Productions presents
Joan Littlewood’s Musical Entertainment
Oh What A Lovely War
by Theatre Workshop,
Charles Chilton, Gerry Raffles
and Members of the original cast.
Title suggested by Ted Allan

A promenade production, taking place within the beautiful, atmospheric rooms and grounds of South Hill Park. This community show draws together local writers, directors and performers to celebrate the plays 50th year anniversary and to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War.

Built upon the songs that British soldiers sang during the war, this immersive production takes the audience on a satirical and deeply moving journey through an exciting variety of spaces. From the giddy revelry of the recruitment tent, through to an opulent military ballroom and down to the harrowing sights and smells of the trenches.

The Cast are now recruited (age 8-84), the amazing sets are been constructed, the numerous and talented artists are on board to ensure this will be a spectacular experience for all the community to come together and share.

Click the link to view Trailer:

SHP’s Trustees, John Mills.

Just a brief note of thanks and congratulations to you and all concerned in the production of ‘Oh what a lovely war’.
It was both memorable and moving. (A highly creative approach showed us many parts of SHP never seen before.)
The trench route to the cellar bar was a new experience.
Overall it was a splendid community production and a fitting commemoration with a most touching last post
Bracknell should be rightly proud of this achievement.
as aye

If you would like to share your family story, please email info@sceneproductions.co.uk

Dates: July 2014 – 11th,12th,13th,17th,18th,19th,20thClick here to book tickets;SOLD OUT!







 Email from an audience member

Oh What A Lovely War – Friday 11 July Could you please thank the cast and crew for a wonderful evenings entertainment.  What a fantastic show!  A very unique experience from start to finish from the joy and happiness in Act One to the real thought provoking poignancy after the interval. The audience interactivity is the real gem. A truly great experience.  Thank you once again.  Scott, Julie and Ethan Bradd


5 Star review – Female Arts
4 Star review – Wokingham Times
Audience post show reaction
A Link to Photos: by Tim Bastock



I have just seen Oh What a Lovely War and have been stunned by the creative genius of the entire production! Please can you pass on my praise and thanks for a wonderfully moving and atmospheric  evening. It was so brilliantly staged and everyone involved needs to be congratulated!
Thank you SHP. You should be a model to; which Arts, venues should aspire!
Michelle Gregory













Photos by: Savannah Photographic:

Last night I went to see “oh what a lovely War” and I felt I had to write  to you to convey my utter joy and delight in what can only be described as an incredible piece of theatre.  From the moment I went in to see the opening scene, set out so brilliantly in the Wilde Theatre, I knew I was in for a treat.  The attention to details, the wonderful archives including such moving letters etc, really took my breath away and the scene when we went into the trench will always resonate  with me the most.  The show had everything, it was truly a joy to see such a brilliant and talented cast who were all outstanding in the variety of roles they all played.  How beautifully poignant the final scene was and hearing those haunting sad notes from the trumpet to “the last post” was truly unforgettable.  Thank you.  Please pass my sincere congratulations to all the cast and crew who were involved in such a magnificent production.  I absolutely adored the show.
Miranda Murton